Tourism still humming in New Zealand

At Eden Park Bed and Breakfast we have seen the first traveller slowdown since October last year as the “season” winds down.. We still have regular arrivals but we see the beginnings of the Winter season. It’s been a horrible weekend with the weather in Auckland. Rain, thunderstorms, heavy wind, and boats blown up onto the rocks of the harbour.

International visitor arrivals at Four weeks ended 12 April 2015
Total visitor arrivals are up 19% compared to the same four-week period last year.
UP: India 66%, Canada 30%, USA 27%, Australia 20%, Korea 18%, China 17%, UK 16%, Japan 15%, Germany 13%, Singapore 4%.

DOWN: Nil

New Zealand resident departures
Total trips abroad by NZ residents are up 27% compared to the same four-week period last year.
UP: Indonesia 165%, India 57%, USA 50%, Fiji 40%, Samoa 40%, Thailand 32%, Australia 28%, China 22%, Cook Islands 9%.

DOWN: UK less than 1%.

Source: Statistics New Zealand

Top Five Travel Apps for your next trip!

We’ve decided do a little research and find the best top five travel apps that will assist you on your next trip. As long as you have WiFi, 3g, 4g, or whatever type of internet, these top ten travel apps will help you either with your packing, or your boarding, or finding your way around, we are sure you will be grateful you took the time to read this article.

So let’s begin with , Packing.

 

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Packing Pro

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Crete your own personal packing list and check your items off as you are packing. How great is that?   You can also save that list as a template on your next packing trip, or even when leaving to return, that checklist will come in handy so you don’t forget that , charger…or your slippers.

Get it here https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/packing-pro/id312266675?mt=8

Travel App #2

TripIT

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When wanting to organize your trip. You will need Tripit.   As soon as you book your ticket, you then add that information details into your Tripit App, from information of your flight, to your hotel booking, as well as information on your car rental too. Tripit App will have all info in there for you to use with a touch of a finger. If you’ve made any plans through your email, it will pull that info up as well.   How many times have you got to the counter without that piece of paper with all that info on there? This will save you time, and space. Your flight details is monitored in real-time, and TripIt will text and email you if there are any changes in your flight schedule.

It provides you with everything you can think of. Maps , weather airport info and the details of your flight destination.

Get it here https://www.tripit.com/

Travel App # 3

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XE Currency will help you to convert money no matter where you are. XE Currency is fully updated and will give you a heads up on what you are paying for when exchanging your money.

XE Currency will help you to convert money no matter where you are. XE Currency is fully updated and will give you a heads up on what you are paying for when exchanging your money.

Very useful for making sure you don’t lose money while exchanging your money.

Get it here http://www.xe.com/apps/

 Travel App #4

SLEEPSOUNDS HQ

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SleepSounds HQ offers a simple but brilliant solution to the noisy locations you might be experiencing in your trip adventure.

This little app basically, let’s you mask all distractions with more than 600 tracks . So no more focusing on that noise distraction

Get it here http://www.sleepsoundshq.com/

Travel App #4

WI-FI FINDER

Screen Shot 2015-03-20 at 3.25.36 PMAs everyone seems to rely on technology , such as the internet. Finding a Wi-fi hotspot is the first thing visitors usually do when getting off a plane. So using this Wi-Fi Finder with its preloaded database of secured wifi hotspots, would save you some hassle in finding some free internet for you to use and get back in contact with your loved ones, or to just post that “Check in” on facebook.

Get it here https://itunes.apple.com/en/app/free-wi-fi-finder/id307217005?mt=8

Travel App#5

Pano

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If you are visiting places like New Zealand. Then you might want to download the PANO app. You can thank us later when you are viewing your panoramic shots of our middle earth. Very easy to use, and the technology allows it to automatically create a high quality panoramic photo to add to your trip album!

We hope you enjoyed this article on our favorite top five travel apps. Please comment below your experience with these apps .

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Get it https://itunes.apple.com/en/app/pano/id293709029?mt=8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Download your Hauraki Gulf Islands Map ...

Screen Shot 2015-03-16 at 3.33.33 PMThe Hauraki Gulf Islands consist of more than 50 islands  many of which are public conservation lands managed by the Department of Conservation.

Most islands are open to the public for recreation and relaxation. Some are sanctuaries for endangered species and to land you must have a permit.

You will discover islands lined with golden-sand beaches, also known as the  ‘island of wine’ you will enjoy your fine wine after your adventurous day of , kayaking, sailing or even dolphin spotting.

To make sure you don’t get lost, make sure you download this map of the Hauraki Islands, courtesy of www.aucklandnz.com

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Explore Central Auckland, Download This Map

 

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Amazing Waterfront Breathtaking views.  Get anything you need or want, through our world-class shopping stores and malls.  Make sure you enjoy our vibrant arts and culture , all found in the heart of Auckland.

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Either be relaxed or adventurous, you can do everything you can think of in Auckland, and in order to find everything, we suggest you  Download this Map of Central Auckland  so you can get around, courtesy of www.aucklandnz.com

 

 

Summer Holidays are Christmas Holidays in New Zealand

Summer Holidays in New Zealand are basically Christmas Holidays but with a twist. You get to celebrate Christmas like it’s actually summer.

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The New Zealand Summer holidays begin around the 20th of December and last up to 31st of January. You can expect to see a lot of trailers loading up on Boxing day heading for the Coastal Areas.

Summer Holidays in New Zealand is the ultimate Summer Vacation. So much to do and using the massive stretch of coastline areas which connect the North and South Islands feels like there is so many things you can do.

Surfing New Zealand

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If you are looking for a place to Surf, then head out to the popular Surf Highway brings together the best surfers from around the world. Just ask how you can get to Taranaki.

So surfing is your passion, you’ll love New Zealand. You’re always next to the sea.

Life Style Holidays

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Life style in New Zealand is one of a kind. You can do a variety of things to do.  Some examples are Fishing, Sailing, Various Water Activities, Bungee jumping, or Volcano Touring and Hiking.  Don’t forget to visit Mount Eden (AKL) Amazing view on top of Mt. Eden.  If you head down below you’ll find Eden Park, World’s Biggest Rugby Stadium.

If you are into Music and Festivals, you will appreciate Whangamata.  This is a great place to stroll and perfect for Summer Festivals during the Whanga Week, and the Summer Festival happening in New Zealand during this time.

BBQ in NZ

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Summer holidays in New Zealand include bbq and Ice creams.   It is guaranteed to find Kiwi Families enjoying their picnic outing, with their bbq grills, on a summer’s night on a beach.

Just imagine that for a second….

If you want a great tan, then head out to Hawkes Bay and Nelson to enjoy your summer holidays in New Zealand like you should. Camp for the night there if you like, you won’t be able to compare this to anywhere else you have ever been in this world.  Promise.

 

Where to Stay in Auckland during your Summer Holidays in Auckland?

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Eden Park Bed and Breakfast is located in Auckland, next to Eden Park’s World’s Largest Rubgy Stadium (Eden Park Stadium on Reimers Ave)   We offer luxury accommodation at an affordable price.  Make sure you contact us prior so we can guarantee your booking.  Christmas Holidays are pretty busy here in Auckland.  Looking forward to your stay.

 

Wealthy Tourists

At Eden Park Bed and Breakfast we are involved in a campaign of building and renovation. We are installing a Bay Window onto the front room and hanging new wallpaper in various rooms. The window was saved from a building that was destroyed in the Christchurch earthquake. It’s our little bit of saving a piece of Christchurch history….

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New Zealand economics comment: More than just milk

Monday, 11 August 2014, 1:30 pm
Press Release: HSBC Bank

At Eden Park Bed and Breakfast I follow economic news with great interest . This report from the HSBC bank gives great “Feel Good ” factor about New Zealand…….

Falling dairy prices have created some doubts about the robustness of New Zealand’s economic boom. But it is worth keeping in mind that dairy is only one part of the economy’s recent growth story. Growth has also been driven by the post-earthquake rebuilding of the Canterbury region, an upswing in housing construction in Auckland and strong net inward-migration. While we expect the recent fall in dairy prices could weaken local income growth, we still expect GDP growth to be above trend in 2014 and 2015. There are also good reasons to believe that the recent slump in dairy prices could prove to be temporary.

Dairy prices have fallen sharply in recent months, with the GlobalDairyTrade price index down by -40% from its recent peak in February. New Zealand’s major dairy cooperative has revised down its forecast farm gate milk price for next season to NZD 6.00 per kilogram of milk solids (kgMS), which would be a noticeable hit to farm incomes compared to the 2013/14 season’s NZD 8.40 kgMS payout, if the fall proves to be permanent. If these price levels persist, they could knock as much as 2% of GDP off income growth, although there are a number of mitigating factors.

A key offset will be a likely ramp up in export volumes. To the extent that volumes ramp up without putting significant further downward pressure on prices, this will reduce the negative impact of the recent price fall on incomes. In our view, it is also likely that the dairy price story improves in coming quarters. The fall in dairy prices appears to largely reflect that China ramped up its milk powder inventories substantially in H2 2013 and is now running them down. We expect medium-term demand for dairy products to be well supported, as Asia’s middle class incomes rise, although, as with most agricultural commodities, weather-related supply factors and inventory cycles can drive significant volatility around this general trend.

Importantly, New Zealand’s recent growth story is more broad-based than just dairy. While the dairy sector is large, it is not dominant: in 2013/14’s stellar production season, dairy exports were worth NZD 15bn, equivalent to around 7% of GDP. Adding in dairy industry support services could boost the share of the economy reliant on the industry to around 10-15% of GDP. Even within the agricultural sector, dairy is not the full story. Meat prices are strengthening and meat exports to China are rising rapidly.

In terms of employment, agriculture is a relatively small sector. In total, 139,000 workers – 6% of the total – are classified as working in agriculture. New Zealand’s economy added +82,500 jobs over the year to Q2, but employment in the agriculture sector actually fell by 8,500 during that time. By contrast, the construction sector added nearly +30,000 jobs.

Construction has been a key driver of recent growth. The post-earthquake Canterbury rebuild, worth NZD 40bn (20% of GDP), is still in its early stages, with over a decade of reconstruction still ahead and the peak contribution to GDP growth not expected until at least 2015. Since the 2011 earthquake, total building activity in the region has measured around NZD 7bn, leaving over NZD 30bn yet to happen. Construction in Auckland is also rising, and should continue to do so, driven by strong population growth and weak housing supply. Central and local governments have recently put in place plans to speed up the growth in Auckland’s housing stock. Meanwhile, a renewed focus on upgrading buildings to higher earthquake standards should also boost construction activity, particularly in the earthquake-prone capital, Wellington.

Despite the fall in dairy prices, sentiment also remains high across consumers and businesses. Business confidence remains at levels implying GDP growth of 3-4%, with business investment and hiring intentions particularly positive. Consumer sentiment is holding up very well, with the quarterly survey remaining near a nine-year high in Q2.

Adding to New Zealand’s growth story, net migration flows have seen a remarkable turnaround over the past couple of years. Annual net migration is currently close to +40,000 (0.9% of the population), which is a huge turnaround from late 2012, when there was net outward migration of around -4,000 people. The turnaround has more than doubled New Zealand’s population growth. The major driver has been trans- Tasman migration, with fewer Kiwis leaving for Australia and a large increase in the number returning home from Australia (the highest rate in over two decades). New Zealand is also attracting more migrants from elsewhere, in particular from China, India and mainland Europe. All of those migrants will need somewhere to live and are expected to add to domestic demand.

Not only is New Zealand proving an attractive place to live, it is also attracting more tourists. Over the year to June, total visitor arrivals were up by +6% from the previous year. Encouragingly, the largest tourism market, Australia, continues to show steady growth despite the lower AUD/NZD. Visitor numbers from China have been the major source of growth over recent years, rising by +30% since June 2012. Tourism and supporting services are estimated to make up around 9% of GDP.

At Eden Park Bed and Breakfast our infrastructure is based around the accommodation sector. I do like the sound of these figures released in this report.

It is the view that New Zealand’s growth will continue to be above trend, largely driven by construction and surging inward-migration, which are expected to support domestic demand. At this stage we expect the recent fall in dairy prices will prove to be a temporary supply-side and inventory effect, rather than a permanent decline, although clearly this bears watching carefully.

With growth accelerating over the past year, the RBNZ has lifted its cash rate by 100bps since March. With a pause in the hiking cycle now being signalled, the question is how much more the RBNZ will need to do and when? Despite the fall in dairy prices, we still expect growth to be above trend in 2014 and 2015. Thanks to the strong growth outlook, we expect inflation to rise gradually over the next 12 months. We expect that the RBNZ will need to raise rates further yet, as the cash rate (currently at 3.50%) is still well below its neutral level. At this stage, we still expect another 25bp hike before the end of the year.

Tourism Growth for New Zealand

At Eden Park Bed and Breakfast we are involved in the accommodation industry in Auckland. Latest Tourism reports show total visitor spending in New Zealand grew by 11 per cent to $7.1 billion in the past year, driven by strong growth from the United States, Germany and China.

Financial figures for the year ending in June showed visitors increased their spending by $800 million.These figures are based on results from approximately 8900 visitors departing New Zealand airports.

The results showed there was a significant increase in total spending by visitors from the United States, up an estimated 53 per cent from the previous year to $773m, and Germany, up 63 per cent to $375m. Spending by visitors from China rose 26 per cent to $912m, as visitors moved from lower value short shopping trips to longer stays.

But how to tap the Chinese Market is still a challenge. At Eden Park Bed and Breakfast , we accommodate a percentage from that FIT market , but tapping into the Chinese Tour Market is still difficult ….or impossible !

Spending by Australians fell 4 per cent to $2.11b.
And business spending tumbled by 22 per cent from $585m to $459m.

Tourism is still strong tho. Although we found it to be quiet for accommodation in the month of July , August shows improvement . Next week we have the All Blacks playing Australia at Eden Park. Full House at Eden Park Bed and Breakfast.
Go Black !

Safer driving for Tourists in New Zealand

At Eden Park Bed and Breakfast we see numerous travellers arriving after picking up a car at the airport and driving into Auckland. We had one guest that had 3 incidents on the 18 km journey. So the issue of Safer driving for Tourists in New Zealand is something serious we should be aware of and get people informed.

The Police in Queenstown ,New Zealand have taken a bold step towards getting tourists driving in a safe manner. They are now working with rental car companies to take incompetent tourist drivers off the road.

When they come across a tourist driver they think is incompetent, they are phoning rental car companies and asking them to cancel a client’s contract.

It seems that they have legal issues if they use the Land Transport Act to prevent incompetent overseas visitors from driving. The only way for police to remove someone from the road is to arrest them for a driving offense or imposing bail conditions.

So to get around this they are working with rental companies to remove drivers they believe pose a threat to other road users

It was up to the rental company to cancel the contract.

It’s may seem not a lot ,but anything to have tourists practicing safe driving in New Zealand is always welcome.

New Police technology

Be aware travelers. New Zealand Police are expanding their use of Automatic Number Plate Technology .  This is the new police technology in New Zealand.

At Eden Park Bed and Breakfast we do advise all travelers to get the rental car the day after arrival. You get the chance to rest before taking on Auckland traffic and exploring New Zealand.   After a sleep at your accommodation and then getting a car ,is a better practice than from an airplane to driving a car.

This new Police technology tool uses cameras mounted on the roof of the patrol car car that scans the number plates of passing vehicles and feeds the information to a computer inside.

It checks the details against information held by police about vehicles of interest and if found, alerts the offer for follow up.

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